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tv and american history tv. look at the of literary life of virginia beach, virginia. including more from the mar mariner's museum. veterans affair secretary and other va officials testified monday before the senate committee on veteran's affairs. president obama has requested $150.7 billion for the veteran's affair department in 2014. a 10.2 increase over 2013 funding level. the hearing is two hours. [inaudible conversations] a hearing on the way. i want to welcome everyone to the hearing on the fiscal year 2014 budget and the fiscal year of 2015 advanced appropriation request for the department of veterans affairs. earlier in year, i think we will recall we heard from nearly all the veteran surface organizations. these groups shared with us our priority which reflect the needs of the men and women who have served our country. i want to thank all of the organizations not only for the important testimony but the great work they do every single day. protecting the interest of america's veterans. if there's anything that many of us have learned in recent years, it is that the real cost of war is fa
as an astronaut, i used to get a lot of questions about why are we going back to the moon on the mars? my answer was, this is what i used to say to that. when you look at polling data, where our space program stands in people's issues, it is often in people's top 10 things they are behind and concerned about. it's never in anybody's top three and that's why it doesn't get a lot of attention. you are right. it does not tend to be a subject that is on the forefront of the issues they are concerned with. it isn't. but newtown lifted up on the list a lot. it really did. did it for me personally, for my wife spent to much higher on the list. obviously for a come and this is our top priority. i understand it is not everybody's cup priority. >> tom. i [inaudible] [inaudible] -- you try to convince them that, you know, the people they are hearing from are a very vocal minority and most of their constituents are actually okay with some reasonable legislation to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerous mentally ill. but it is concerning because i've sat in member's office says who have sa
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